Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle

Agrees with the Tomatometer 65% of the time.

Publications:
Hearst Newspapers , Houston Chronicle , San Francisco Chronicle , San Francisco Free Press
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
2485

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/4 38% Last Weekend (2014) " Clarkson embodies the longings, doubts and confusions of such a woman, without judgment or excess sympathy. She is just there, a fact, and completely believable." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Sep 11, 2014
1/4 86% The Trip To Italy (2014) " As we watch, the thought keeps returning, over and over: Why watch these people? What's the point? Film anybody's trip to Italy, and it would be more interesting than this, or at least equally boring." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 80% The One I Love (2014) " Moss' combination of surface sweetness and watchful coldness - of studied placidity and cutthroat honesty - is right in line with the movie's aura. And Duplass brings in the comedy, in a performance that ranges from slapstick to menace." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 21, 2014
3/4 33% The Giver (2014) " "The Giver" takes a tortured individual's dilemma and turns it into societal question: If our emotions make us human, but our emotions keep leading us into catastrophe, how much of our essence are we willing to give up just get some peace?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
1/4 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Why should we care whether Sly or Mel wins? There's no good guy. There's no bad guy. There's just Mel and Sly, and they just disagree." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 14, 2014
3/4 69% What If (2014) " Radcliffe, who has been flirting with adulthood in his recent screen outings, arrives as a wry, unconventionally handsome leading man. And Kazan is radiant." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4/4 89% Calvary (2014) " I imagine most people will watch the film and merely see the village as populated by vivid eccentrics. But a closer look at these odd, bitter, hostile characters will suggest something darker at work." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 20% Into The Storm (2014) " "Into the Storm" runs a brisk 89 minutes, and for every second of its running time finds ways to make tornadoes interesting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " By the time "The Hundred-Foot Journey" ends, it has achieved an unexpected and rather powerful cumulative impact. I felt like I knew the people and wouldn't mind staying there." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Aug 7, 2014
3/4 78% Happy Christmas (2014) " A slightly above average example of a kind of movie - and of a trend within movies - that needs to be encouraged." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " In place of wit, "Guardians" offers a sort of generalized willingness to be amusing, an atmosphere of high spirits that feels like lots of people pumping air into a tire that has a hole in it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 31, 2014
2/4 18% And So It Goes (2014) " A little too corny to endorse fully, but no one should be discouraged from seeing it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 47% I Origins (2014) " "I Origins" slows down the longer it goes on, and the last half hour drifts into vagueness. The climax is dramatically inert and depends on the soundtrack to convince us that it's actually happening." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
2/4 91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " Who will make these arrests and when? It's hard to develop an intense involvement around the question, and heading toward the who-cares resolution are lots of scenes paced with maddening slowness." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " With "Magic in the Moonlight," Woody Allen has made a good Woody Allen movie, in all that the phrase implies." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
3/4 66% Lucy (2014) " You can scoff at Besson's philosophies and hypotheses, but to do that would miss what's in front of you. "Lucy" is an impeccably realized vision of Besson's view of things." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 24, 2014
4/4 99% Boyhood (2014) " Few filmmakers ever make a great movie. Fewer still ever make a movie that expands what movies can express. Richard Linklater does both with Boyhood." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 18, 2014
2/4 18% Sex Tape (2014) " The whole problem with "Sex Tape" in a sentence: After its first third, the two lead characters just run around trying to prevent something that the audience very much wants to see happen." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 21% A Long Way Down (2014) " As British comedy sometimes will, "A Long Way Down" has an occasional attack of the cutes, but the actors' commitment keeps the movie on the plus side." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/4 92% Venus in Fur (2014) " Pay attention to the camera, and you will see that Polanski is a clinician. He is in the thrall of no one." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
2/4 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " When a movie is inconclusive, when it's heading nowhere, there's no telling what should be emphasized and what should be glossed over. Everything is of equal unimportance." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 10, 2014
3/4 82% Begin Again (2014) " Carney is on to something in "Begin Again," some handle on a particular truth he's exploring, and he remains faithful to it through the finish." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 24% Tammy (2014) " As a first-time director, Falcone has trouble maintaining a specific tone - the movie wobbles back and forth between sentimentality and silliness, sometimes even within the same scene." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
1/4 48% Earth to Echo (2014) " It's as if there's a barrier between the viewer and the story that never comes down." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jul 1, 2014
3/4 80% Violette (2014) " A strong account of a literary friendship, a case of two opposites attracting, even if the nature of the attraction was different on each side." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
4/4 24% Third Person (2014) " "Third Person" is Paul Haggis' best movie, and the one he has been building toward for years." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
3/4 95% Snowpiercer (2014) " It's a film that, in its own peculiar way, forces viewers to question their values and ask themselves how much they're willing to sacrifice for a functioning society, and how much is too much." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 26, 2014
1/4 85% Borgman (2014) " "Borgman" might sound compelling in the abstract. But if you want to enjoy it and stay engaged by it for more than 10 minutes, you'll have to talk yourself into it." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/4 66% The Rover (2014) " The movie's overall cast of gloom - no one here has cracked a smile in years - contributes to a leaden aura." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/4 53% Jersey Boys (2014) " We come away with a feeling for pop stardom as seen from the inside, the traveling and performing, the dealing with the same people all day and the worrying about the business end." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/4 55% The Signal (2014) " For a while, a little while, it seems like it just might be interesting." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 88% Obvious Child (2014) " The movie doesn't present itself as some kind of secular equivalent of a moral lesson. It's not callous or weepy or preachy - or self-consciously not those things. It's a naturally told story." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " "22 Jump Street" is exactly what comedy is today. It's coarse, free-flowing and playful." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 86% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia (2014) " We watch before our eyes as Vidal goes from an impossibly handsome young man to a broken-down old one, and age does nothing for his mood." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 12, 2014
3/4 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " "The Fault in Our Stars" has to be considered some kind of good movie. And so I've given it some kind of good review. Still, I wonder - why do I feel as I've just been rolled?" — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/4 86% Night Moves (2014) " Reichardt gives us scenes of people engaged in mundane labor and aimless conversation, but she doesn't make a case for such scenes as fascinating in themselves." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Cruise is a delight, exactly what he needs to be, fluid enough for comedy, physical enough for action, always going with the flow and yet finding ways to make moments memorable." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted Jun 5, 2014
3/4 86% Cold in July (2014) " It doesn't cut too deep. But that can be a relief sometimes, and even a virtue." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 60% The Grand Seduction (2014) " "The Grand Seduction" has a sober vibe and a methodical pace, and yet there are more than a few moments that are laugh-out-loud funny." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
3/4 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " MacFarlane is after something beyond absurdity. He gets to the crux of the matter, that life in the West was cheap, at least as portrayed in the movies, and he tells us, often hilariously, that this is nothing we should celebrate." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 29, 2014
2/4 42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Owen makes Jack into such a mess that he casts everything into the zone of ambiguity. Does Owen know this? Perhaps he does and is intentionally subverting the film." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 75% Chinese Puzzle (2014) " Klapisch still gets these characters to sneak up and make us care about them - though it might help if you remember them from when they were young." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 14% Blended (2014) " A rehash of Adam Sandler's 2011 comedy "Just Go With It," only without Jennifer Aniston and without laughs." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
3/4 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Most important, there is an emotional undercurrent in this installment that the earlier films only aspired to." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 22, 2014
2/4 72% Palo Alto (2014) " "Palo Alto" is something to watch and afterward say, "Yes, high school is something like that, isn't it?" That makes this film almost but not quite worth the investment." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " It all feels labored. In fact, very little of the comedy raises even a smile." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
2/4 73% Godzilla (2014) " For at least 75 minutes of the movie, there's not a single moment of human peril that's made vivid or consequential. It's all just spectacle, whether it's people or buildings getting destroyed." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
4/4 88% Chef (2014) " No matter how you slice it, "Chef" is authentic cuisine." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 15, 2014
3/4 52% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) " Over the course of the film, a sense of the cast's camaraderie comes through, the almost family feeling that takes over among people thrown together in such intimate circumstances." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
3/4 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " There is just something slightly skewed, slightly uncontrolled, beneath Pailhas' reasonable exterior." — San Francisco Chronicle
Posted May 8, 2014
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